Hobart Alumni Association Leadership

We are the governing body of the Hobart Alumni Association, which includes every person who has attended Hobart and whose class has graduated. The first alumni group, The House of Convocation, was founded at Hobart College in 1848. Today, just as then, the Alumni Association promotes the interests and heritage of Hobart College and strengthens the bonds between the College and its alumni.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Chevanne DeVaney '95, P'21, P'23

Chevanne DeVaney '95, P'21, P'23, Director of Alumni and Alumnae Relations
Office of Advancement
20 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-4069

Kira Cosentino Bennett '15
Alumnae Relations Administrative Assistant
(315) 781-3771

Executive Committee Members

Richard S. Solomon ’75, P’10, President

Warwick, R.I.

Rick Solomon graduated from Hobart in 1975 with a B.S. in psychology. While at Hobart, Rick was involved in WEOS, The Herald, studied abroad in Montreal, and played hockey. After graduation, Rick earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island.

Rick is the Clinical Director/President of Delta Consultants, a multi-disciplinary clinical practice working with children, adolescents and families that he co-founded in 1993. He is a consultant to schools throughout New England and on the west coast; he is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island and is a Clinical Supervisor in the URI psychology doctoral program. Rick is the co-author of the book, Paternal Deprivation and Child Maltreatment, and presenter at numerous conferences in New England and nationally on his work with child maltreatment, learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder. His professional volunteer activities have included two terms as President of the Rhode Island Chapter for the Prevention of Child Abuse, past editor of the Rhode Island Families Magazine, co-founder and chair of the Rhode Island Parenting Matters Conference and member of the Board of Directors of the Blackstone Valley Emergency Shelter. He is a recipient of the Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner’s Award for his work on behalf of child abuse prevention. Rick is also a recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Rhode Island.

As an alumnus, Rick is a longtime volunteer for Admissions, Career Services, and Reunion. Rick served as chair of the Distinguished Faculty Awards Committee and then the Alumni Association Honors Committee for a number of years and was a member of the Parents Executive Committee. Rick is a strong supporter of the Statesmen Athletic Association. In 2010, the Alumni Association honored Rick with a citation for his years of service and dedication to the Alumni Association and the Colleges. Rick is also the proud parent of Victoria "Torie" Solomon, William Smith graduate, 2010.

Ludwig P. Gaines

Ludwig P. Gaines '88, Vice President

Alexandria, Va.

During his time at Hobart, Ludwig was involved in Hobart Student Court, The Herald, Hobart Student Association and the Black Student Coalition. In addition to running cross country, Ludwig was a member of the track team. As co-captain of the team he lettered three years consecutively and received several awards including the Walter F. Morton ’22 trophy. Following graduation, Ludwig earned his J.D. from Howard University in 1992 where he earned the nickname “Young Thurgood" due to his passion for civil rights. There he was elected Student Bar President and was charged with delivering the commencement address. He is also a graduate of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government Leadership program.

As an alumnus, Ludwig has served on the Alumni Association Executive Committee as a member at large and has transitioned into his role as Association VP. He has hosted the Washington, D.C. Presidential event and several gatherings at his home on Martha’s Vineyard. Ludwig has been a member of ALAA since the Association’s founding and has served as a speaker for Career Services, the Multicultural Career Networking Conferences and at Charter Day.

Ludwig has made a career as an attorney and consultant working for several firms prior to joining the Euille Group LLC, currently senior vice president and general counsel. He is a former chairperson of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Policy Development Committee and a former member of more than two dozen statewide, regional and national boards and commissions. Ludwig is a former elected (City of Alexandria Council) and appointed government official (Planning Commission, Human Rights Commission-Chairperson) who has managed and advised political campaigns at the local and congressional levels. He has also served on the adjunct faculty of the Howard University School of Law.

Rafael Rodriguez

Rafael Rodriguez ’07, Historian

Burlington, Vt.

Rafael graduated from Hobart College in 2007 with a B.S. in Individual Studies. While at Hobart he was a member of the Caribbean Student Association as well as the President of the Latin American Organization.

As an alumnus Rafael has held many leadership positions on the Association. He formerly was a historian, member-at-large, and ALAA liaison before coming full circle to currently occupying the historian position again. He was the former President of ALAA, he attended the Young Alum Summit in 2011 and is a volunteer for Career Services. In 2017 he received the Young Alumnus Award at Reunion. He is actively involved as a board member (President) of the Afro Latino Alumni Association (ALAA) and is on the Executive Committee for the Hobart Alumni Council. Rafael has presented at local, regional, and national conferences including Ncore and CSPA. He currently works as the Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives and the University of Vermont.

Frank Aloise

Frank Aloise '87, Immediate Past President

Philadelphia, Pa.

Frank Aloise '87 graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in mathematics and a minor in art history. As a student, Frank served as head resident advisor and was instrumental in founding The Cellar, a student run café in the basement of Coxe Hall. He also worked in Career Counseling and as a teaching assistant for the math department.

Having participated in the student phonathon program and having received the Hobart College Service Award when he was a student, it's not surprising that Frank went on to become an active volunteer after leaving Geneva. In addition to his consistent and generous giving history, Frank has been both Social Chair and Giving Chair for class reunions, a class agent, and a member of the admissions and career services volunteer networks. Most recently, Frank has served on the Alumni Council's Executive Committee as a Member-at-Large and as the Annual Fund Delegate.

Frank began his professional career with O'Connor and Associates in Chicago. He later moved to Switzerland with SBC and ultimately found his way to Wall Street. In 1997, Frank entered the field of independent school financial administration and now serves as Chief Financial Officer of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. He has served as Chair for several organizations including PAISBOA, the Philadelphia Area Independent School Business Officers Association Board, the National Business Officers Association and TIAA-Cref's Direct Client Advisory Council.

Frank lives in Philadelphia with his wife Sarah Strachan Aloise '88, a pediatric nurse practitioner and accomplished eight-time Ironwoman. Frank and Sarah have two daughters who attend Springside Chestnut Hill. When Frank is not working or volunteering, he spends time in the Adirondacks kayaking and hiking, with plans to climb all 46 high peaks with his family.

Executive Committee Members at Large

Matthew T. Simpson '04
Scott W. Holden '84, P'20


Association Trustee
Jeremy T. Cushman '96

Afro-Latino Alumni/Alumnae Assoc.
Reinaldo Llano '99

Chief Class Correspondent
Eric Hall Anderson '59

Statesmen Athletic Association

Career Services

Student Representative
Mitchell Thompson '23

Association Committees

Distinguished Faculty Award (joint w/WS):

Joshua Leach '01, Chair
Roxanne Jackson '81




John E. Norvell '66, P'99, P'02, Chair

Alumni Ambassador Committee

Michael A. Orth '74, Chair

Alumni Association Past Presidents

1922-1925 The Rev. George F. Taylor '04
1926-1930 Howard Van R. Palmer '03
1931-1932 The Rev. Guy E. Shipler '06
1932-1935 D. Max Henry '17
1935-1938 Dr. Robert E. Doran '22
1938-1941 Joseph J. Myler '19
1941-1943 Harold C. Bailey '22
1944-1947 William E. Lytle '26
1947-1949 Thomas Brown IV '29
1949-1950 Dr. Robert E. Doran '22
1950-1951 George E. Wasey '33
1951-1952 Sherman F. Babcock '34
1952-1954 Donald W. Goode '38
1954-1956 Dr. Lynn Rumbold '20
1956-1958 Dr. Augustus H. Hillman '25
1958-1960 Ralph E. Springstead '47
1960-1962 Dr. B. Edmond Thomas '30
1962-1964 Donald R. Harter '39
1964-1966 James W. Bampton '32
1966 Ralph H. Engert '27
1967-1969 Myron V. Jacobs '37
1969-1971 Richard W. Morris Jr. '47
1972-1973 Roy Dexheimer Jr. '55
1973-1975 Walter V. Ferris '52
1975-1977 Thomas K. Hadlock '64
1977-1979 Robert C. Coleman '50
1979-1980 David E. Jeffery '52
1980-1982 William A. Mogel '63
1982-1984 Dr. Kenneth H. Spitzer '55
1984-1986 R. M. Peter Harter '68
1986-1988 Stephen C. Johansen '64
1988-1990 Mitchell N. Schear '80
1990-1991 Robert S. V. Platten '68
1991-1992 Robert E. Kandel '65
1992-1993 Roland J. Misarti '71
1993-1994 Paul F. Colarulli '72
1994-1996 Leslie J. Stark '59
1996-1997 Louis R. Pettinelli III '85
1997-1998 Timothy J. Shea II '84
1998-1999 Michael A. Acquilano '90
1999-2000 Arthur R. Medici '71
2000-2002 Dr. Richard L. Wasserman '70
2002-2004 Stephen L. Cohen '67
2004-2006 Charles A. Ramsay '92
2006-2008 Joseph C. Tully '88
2008-2010 Robert H. Gilman '70
2010-2012 Edward R. Cooper '86
2012-2014 James Robinson '96
2014-2016 Dr. Jeremy T. Cushman '96


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